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Monday, June 26, 2006
 
CNET: Windows XP Performance on a Mac
8:17 AM | Evan Holt | 2 comments

CNET blogger Daniel A. Begun has spent some time benchmarking Windows XP performance on a 17" MacBook Pro. This test was created to show the differences in speed using the same applications under 10.4.6, Boot Camp and Parallels. The benchmark covers Photoshop CS 2, Office 2003, iTunes, Quake 4 and length of time to boot.

Focusing on the gaming element of the test, Quake 4 performed best under OS X than it did in Boot Camp or under Parallels.

Parallels doesn't officially support DirectX yet, but that didn't stop us from trying to run Quake 4 on it anyway. Alas, it was an exercise in futility--it did not work--and in fact, at one point, even forced a spontaneous system reboot! Surprisingly, with the game resolution set to 1,024x768, Quake 4 actually produced noticeably faster frame rates on our test than with Boot Camp. Perhaps the Mac has a future as a gaming platform after all?
Follow the link below to CNETs benchmark full the full commentary and graphs of the results.

CNET: Windows XP Performance on a Mac


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